Vladimir Putin: a Dictator
It is horrific. The atrocities committed at Bucha qualify as a war crime, but although the world grieves, the world will not defend Ukraine. Ironically, our best defence, NATO and the European Union, have turned into weapons. What about the United Nations?
Vladimir Putin knows that nations will stand still for fear that he, Vladimir Putin, one man, will trigger a Third World War. Putin has allies in what President Biden has described as a fight between autocracy and democracy. But Putin leads the pack.
Now that Vladimir Putin has ceased to be a world leader to change into a “dictator,” he can no longer go anywhere except an international court of justice where he will be tried as a criminal. But who will take him there? Putin is surrounded by his military, and he is, in fact, part of the military.
Putin has betrayed his people. Russians are fleeing, and he has nearly destroyed Ukraine. He is turning Ukraine into a petite Russie, and former Soviet nations bordering the Adriatic Sea and the Baltic Sea could be attacked. Finland is afraid. It shares a border with Russia.
Mazepa and the Battle of Poltava
Ukrainians, however, are a nation and Ukraine is a country. They have heroes, perhaps the main one being the great Yvan Mazepa (Wikipedia).
- Lord Byron – Mazeppa, poem (1818)
- Alexander Pushkin – Poltava, poem (1828–1829)
- Victor Hugo – Mazeppa, poem (1829)
- Juliusz Słowacki – Mazeppa, drama (1840)
- Franz Liszt – Mazeppa, symphonic poem (1851); Transcendental Étude No. 4.
- Marie Grandval – Mazeppa, opera (1892)
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Mazeppa, opera (1881–1883)
- Michael William Balfe – The Page, cantata (1861)
- Taras Shevchenko
- Kondraty Ryleyev
- A Ukrainian-language film by Yuri Ilyenko, loosely based on historical facts and called Молитва за гетьмана Мазепу (Molytva za hetmana Mazepu), was released in 2002.
- The Italian composer Carlo Pedrotti wrote a tragic opera titled Mazeppa in 1861, on a libretto by Achille de Lauzières.
(See Mazepa, Wikipedia)
- The Art and Music of Russia (page)
Love to everyone 💕
Tchaikovsky’s opera is on YouTube. It cannot be inserted in a post.
© Micheline Walker
5 April 2022